Ecolab technician for Safety and Health

Safety and Health

We are Committed to Safety Excellence

From the way we operate to the products we develop to the customers we serve, our commitment to safety is uncompromising. We strive for zero incidents, reducing risk and empowering team members so that everyone goes home safely at the end of the day, every day.

In 2021, We Continued Our Commitment to Safety Excellence

 

Safety On the Road

Protecting our associates when they are on the road is one of our highest priorities. Ecolab’s more than 25,000 sales-and-service associates regularly drive to and from customer locations. Vehicle safety is one of the ways that we measure our overall safety performance.

As a result of our expanded predictive driver safety program, which helps us learn more about what puts a driver at risk and how to prevent accidents, we have reduced our total vehicle accident rate by 23% per million miles driven since 2019. Our severe vehicle accident rate remains lower than the benchmark, at 0.08 accidents per one million miles driven.

More than

14,000 Drivers

used the Virtual Risk Manager MentorSM driving application in 2021 to improve their driving behaviors for enhanced safety on the road.

Safety Through Training

Training plays a major role in our efforts to reduce accidents and injuries. In 2021, our personal injury rate decreased 15%* and our lost-time injury rate decreased 6%**.


Training for New Hires

Every Ecolab division provides basic safety training to newly hired sales and service personnel.

  • In 2021, 89% of new hires completed the training within their first 30 days of employment. 

*Reflects 2021 data compared to 2019 data from global sites
**Reflects 2021 data compared to 2019 data in North America


Our Safety Progress

44% Decrease

In total recordable injury rate since 2013, globally

39% Decrease

In lost-time injury rate since 2016, North America

35% Decrease

In total vehicle accident rate since 2013, globally

51% Decrease

In severe vehicle accident rate since 2013, globally

See Our 2021 Sustainability Progress Report

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2021 Safety Metrics

Number of injuries and illnesses per 200,000 working hours

2019 2020 2021 % change vs 2019
North America 1.55 1.03 1.49 -4%
Greater China 0.14 0.19 0.16 14%
Europe 0.88 0.63 0.53 -40%
Latin America 0.63 0.48 0.37 -41%
Asia Pacific 0.60 0.49 0.44 -27%
India, Middle East & Africa 0.67 0.32 0.36 -46%
ECOLAB TOTAL 1.10 0.79 0.93 -15%

Number of injuries with lost days per 200,000 hours worked


2019 2020 2021 % change vs 2019
North America 0.65 0.36 0.61 -6%

Number of vehicular accidents per million miles driven

2019 2020 2021 % change vs 2019
North America 2.66 2.23 2.06 -23%
Greater China 1.17 0.61 0.67 -43%
Europe 4.34 3.38 3.14 -28%
Latin America 2.46 2.32 2.04 -17%
Asia Pacific 1.83 1.93 1.60 -13%
India, Middle East & Africa 2.39 1.89 1.96 -18%
ECOLAB TOTAL 2.81 2.37 2.17 -23%

Number of severe vehicular accidents per million miles driven


2019 2020 2021 % change vs 2019
Global 0.08 0.07 0.08 0%

Absolute number of employee fatalities


2019 2020 2021 % change vs 2019
Ecolab Employees 1 1 0 -100%
Contract Employees 0 0 0 0%

Number of occupational illnesses per 200,000 working hours


2019 2020 2021 % change vs 2019
Asia Pacific 0.14 0.14 0.00 -100%
Europe 0.00 0.05 0.00 0%
Greater China 0.00 0.00 0.00 0%
India, Middle East & Africa 0.00 0.00 0.00 0%
Latin America 0.00 0.18 0.09 100%
North America 0.15 0.11 0.11 -27%
TOTAL 0.08 0.09 0.06 -25%

Latin America ISO Certificates

BR15/8703.00
CGCRE
ISO 9001:2015
BR15/8701.00
CGCRE
ISO 14001:2015
BR15/8706.00
UNACC
ISO 45001:2018